An analysis of the flow of water from mountain to aqueduct, city to sea. Shot at and around the Eastern Sierra Nevada, Owens Valley, Los Angeles Aqueduct, Los Angeles River and Pacific Ocean. Animation composed entirely of single frame photography.
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Put this on figuring it was something I could half-watch over supper... took me roughly two-and-a-half hours to finish as I had to pause and just sit on a frame about every two to three minutes, and then felt compelled to re-watch the closing waves scene thrice. Fortunately I wasn't having shrooms for supper otherwise I might have lived with this film all night!
Aside from being a thing of great beauty and meditative density, Psychohydrography is extremely thoughtful as a look at how man controls and regulates the flow of water. Indeed webs and networks (inarguably, it would seem, the symbols of our age) have always been about regulating flow. As a social animal, that is what man is: a regulator of flows. The shimmering, plasticine uncanniness of the water is magical.
'And as long as it does I'll just sit here and watch the river flow'. Beautiful experimental film from Peter Bo Rappmund that melds time-lapse animation and high-dynamic range photography into a memorable trip through the source of the Los Angeles River and its flow. Naturalistic soundtrack from Thomas Ashcraft also offers its rewards.
I watched this at the right time, in the right mood. The last ten minutes left me breathless. At first I thought the techniques used would become tedious. But as it progressed, it pulled me in deeper. The urban shots at night-time are very mesmerizing. But the soundtrack does it all! Rhythmical, sometimes even containing some melody, but mostly very natural, physical sounds. Ending in a chaotic and beautiful finale.
Sensory overload, totally hypnotic. Feels like you're watching it with more than just your eyes and ears. There are bits that really make you go aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HERE WE GO LADSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH